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Libyan rebels move closer to key western city amid fighting

DAFNIYAH, Libya (Reuters) – Libyan rebels and pro-Gaddafi forces exchanged heavy artillery fire near the western city of Zlitan on Friday as the rebels tried to push deeper into government-held territory east of the capital. A Reuters team in Dafniya, the outskirts of the rebels’ western bastion of Misrata, described rebels firing artillery…

Canada plans to open military bases abroad

OTTAWA — Canada is looking to expand its military reach by setting up small bases in Germany, Jamaica and elsewhere to support humanitarian and combat missions abroad, officials and media said Friday. Jay Paxton, spokesman for Defense Minister Peter MacKay, told AFP: “Military planners are pursuing logistical agreements to ensure…

North, South Sudan agree to demilitarized zone

JUBA, Sudan (Reuters) – Representatives from north and south Sudan have agreed to set up a demilitarized zone along their shared border, the African Union said Tuesday, ten days after the north seized the disputed Abyei region. South Sudan is scheduled to become an independent country in less than six…

Head of IMF facing sex assault charges

NEW YORK/PARIS (Reuters) – IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was arrested and charged on Sunday with sexually assaulting a New York hotel maid, in a scandal that appeared to wreck his hopes of running for president of France. The charges threatened to create a leadership vacuum at the IMF, overseer of…

Deadly Afghanistan Koran protests enter third day

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) – Two policemen were killed and more than 30 people wounded in the southern city of Kandahar on Sunday during the third day of violent protests across Afghanistan against the burning of a Koran by a radical fundamentalist U.S. pastor, officials said. Violence at earlier demonstrations claimed…

EU victim of eve-of-summit cyber attack: official

BRUSSELS (AFP) – Cyber-attackers hacked into the European Commission on Wednesday, hours from a sensitive summit of EU leaders debating the military campaign in Libya, the euro debt crisis and nuclear safety, officials said. “All staff were warned this morning” that “remote access to emails was no longer operational,” a…

Bahrain forces break up protesters’ camp, 2 killed

MANAMA – Two people were killed and at least 50 injured overnight Wednesday as Bahrain’s security forces moved in to clear protesters camped out in a central Manama square, a Shiite opposition spokesman told AFP. “Two people have been killed and at least 50 others injured, at least 10 of…

Gibbs: Combat troop pullout should be permanent

Obama spokesman Gibbs minimizes possibility US combat troops would have to return to Iraq Presidential spokesman Robert Gibbs says he cannot foresee a circumstance in which the United States would have to send combat troops back to Iraq. Interviewed on the day of the troop withdrawal, Gibbs said President Barack…

Pentagon says WikiLeaks has not contacted them for help

The Pentagon on Wednesday said it had not received any request from the WikiLeaks group to help delete the names of Afghan informants in the 15,000 leaked documents still awaiting publication. A WikiLeaks spokesman in Germany, Daniel Schmitt, earlier told US news website The Daily Beast that the group had…

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